What Is A Kyphoplasty Procedure?

August 16, 2023

Have you heard of the kyphoplasty procedure but aren’t sure what it entails? Kyphoplasty is a minimally-invasive medical procedure aimed at treating back pain caused by vertebral fractures, particularly those caused by osteoporosis or trauma. Not only can it alleviate pain, but it’s also shown to help improve mobility and stabilize fractured vertebrae. 

In this blog, follow along as we explore exactly what kyphoplasty is, how it works, and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. 

How Kyphoplasty Works

Kyphoplasty involves the use of a balloon-like device to restore the structure and shape of a fractured vertebra. A doctor will use a balloon-like device to create a cavity within the fractured vertebra, and then fill the space with a cement-like material in order to create stability and support. By restoring the lost height of your compressed vertebra, Kyphoplasty can help diminish the pain associated with a compression fracture and help restore the mobility of your spine.

How Effective Is the Kyphoplasty Procedure?

Kyphoplasty has been shown to be effective in providing relief from pain, improving spinal alignment, and enhancing overall mobility for many patients. Moreover, research suggests that individuals who undergo kyphoplasty often experience reduced pain and a better quality of life compared to those who undergo non-surgical treatments. However, the extent of effectiveness can vary based on the severity of the fracture, the overall health of the patient, and their commitment to post-operative care.

What To Expect: Before, During, and After the Procedure

Before the Procedure:

Before undergoing kyphoplasty, patients can expect the following steps:

1. Consultation: The patient meets with their healthcare provider to discuss their symptoms, medical history, and potential treatment options.

2. Diagnostic Tests: Imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans are conducted to confirm the presence and location of the vertebral fracture.

3. Preparation: If the patient is deemed a suitable candidate, they receive instructions on pre-operative preparations, which may include fasting before the procedure.

During the Procedure:

The kyphoplasty procedure typically follows these steps:

1. Anesthesia: First, patients are administered local anesthesia or light sedation to ensure their comfort during the procedure.

2. Insertion of Balloon Catheter: A small incision is made in the patient's back, and a narrow tube called a trocar is guided into the fractured vertebra under X-ray or fluoroscopic guidance.

3. Balloon Inflation: Next, a specialized balloon is threaded through the trocar into the fractured area. Once properly positioned, the balloon is gently inflated, creating a void within the vertebra and restoring its original height and shape.

4. Cement Injection: Once the desired height is achieved, the balloon is deflated and removed, and the void is then filled with medical-grade bone cement. This quickly hardens, stabilizing the vertebra and providing support to the surrounding bones.

5. Closing the Incision: Once the cement has solidified, the trochar is removed, and the incision is sealed using either stitches or adhesive bands.

Note: A single kyphoplasty can usually be done very quickly, taking approximately one hour for each vertebra treated. However, if multiple vertebrae need to be addressed, the procedure may take somewhat longer.

After the Procedure:

Many patients can return home on the same day of the procedure, although it’s best to arrange for someone to drive you, and, while some soreness or back pain may be experienced, it typically goes away over a few weeks.

Depending on your individual case, physical therapy may or may not be recommended, and some patients may need to undergo targeted exercises to enhance strength, flexibility, and overall recovery.

Am I A Good Candidate for Kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is generally recommended for individuals who have a vertebral compression fracture, often caused by osteoporosis, cancer, or traumatic injury, and have persistent or severe pain that doesn’t respond to conservative treatments.

Talk to your local San Marcos pain doctor to see if you’re a good candidate for the Kyphoplasty procedure.

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